Nonfiction and Informational Fiction

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One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia is a picture book that tells the story of the creative and determined women who brought beauty and prosperity back to the village of Njau, Gambia. It has been a named a Junior Library Guild Selection and received a starred review from School Library Journal in addition to a Children’s Africana Book Award notable and Green Earth Book Award Honor title. Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. This book has its own website at www.oneplasticbag.com or click here for more details.

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Water is Water is a poetic picture book that follows two siblings—and all the water around them—on a journey of movement and change through the course of four seasons. It is handsomely illustrated by the award-winning science artist Jason Chin, and the back matter includes a wealth of fun facts and resources for teachers and young students. Water is Water has been named a Junior Library Guild selection, a Best Book of 2015 from School Library Journal, and Indie NEXT pick, and several state awards. Click here for more details.

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Whose Hands Are These? A Community Helper Guessing Book is a rhyming riddle book that will engage children as they figure out the tasks that match different occupations. As you read, keep an eye out for community members who make repeat appearances! Can you guess all the jobs based on the actions of these busy hands? Called a “well-executed resource” by Booklist, it is a welcome addition to teachers’ and librarians’ bookshelves. Click here for more details.

Are We Pears Yet? – about two impatient seeds on the long journey to bear fruit, illustrated by Carin Berger. Published by Neal Porter Books (Macmillan Children’s/Roaring Brook). || Winner of a 2018 Award of Excellence from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries!

Adventures to School – Every day, children around the world go to school. But these fourteen young people will trek extraordinary journeys to get there. Includes author’s note and back matter. Illustrated by Isabel Muñoz, published by little bee books (a division of Bonnier Publishing). Now available wherever books are sold. Order a copy here.

Nine Months: Before a Baby is Born – Yes! A picture book about pregnancy / gestation that isn’t focused on conception and how the baby got in there. This poetic, STEM-themed story follows the science and wonder before a baby is born. Join a family on the 40-week journey to getting ready to welcome their second child. Includes back matter with incredible facts about things most babies can do before they’re born. Illustrated by Jason Chin, published by Neal Porter Books (Holiday House). Release Date: April 23, 2019 || Pre-order here. || Starred Booklist Review!

I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon – the true story of Farmer Tantoh Nforba, Cameroonian Environmentalist and founder of the nonprofit Save Your Future Association. Co-authored by Baptiste Paul, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, published by Millbrook Press (Lerner Publishing Group). Release date: February 5, 2019. || Pre-order available here. || A Junior Library Guild Selection!

Little Libraries, Big Heroes – a book which tells the true story of the Little Free Library organization from founder Todd Bol’s first installation to the creation of more than 75,000 mini-libraries around the world. Illustrated by John Parra, published by Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Release Date: September 3, 2019 || Pre-order available here.

Thanku: Poems About Gratitude – an illustrated picture book anthology of poems for children centered around many ways to be grateful, and many things to give thanks for. Includes more than 30 contributors. Illustrated by Marlena Myles, published by Millbrook Press (Lerner Publishing Group).